The mission of the University of Illinois-MGH residency program is to train the next generation of leaders in surgery by providing the highest quality of academic surgical education rooted in the principals of cognition and meta-cognition. We endeavor to provide excellence in patient care that is delivered with respect, kindness, altruism, and compassion. Surgical excellence in all six competencies with technical supremacy are taught and objectively measured to foster skills of lifelong learning. Faculty as well as the residents will be measured on the same metrics and will continue to complement each other to excel.

Vijay K. Maker, M.D. , F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.

A Note About Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital has been an integral part of our MGH Program since its inception. It has however become a casualty of the current Covid epidemic due to current economic conditions and may close its doors in the spring. While saddened by this news, our program family remains devoted to your education with the full support of the University of Illinois, Chicago and our remaining training institutions. We are committed to maintaining our current level of excellence in surgical education and skill development for you while planning further program enhancements in the years to come. 

We look forward to processing your application and meeting you.

Dr. Vijay Maker


THE PROGRAM  |  The MGH Residency: A Unique Approach to Surgical Education

The Metropolitan Group Hospitals (MGH) Residency in General Surgery represents a unique approach to surgical training. Four excellent community teaching hospitals provide the setting for instruction. It is anchored by an academic affiliation with the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Chicago and an association with Cook County Hospital. Because of its multi-hospital scope, the MGH Residency offers a broad base of clinical and operative experience. Residents have the rare opportunity of learning from a wide range of attending surgeons, benefitting from many perspectives on the art and science of surgery.